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are more serious. >>> the federal surveillance corp. that has jurisdiction over the nsa ordered it to destroy after five years all the call data records that it gathers on innocent americans. it did not do that. there were several thousand files. >> reporter: the agency said in a state to nbc news, when nsa makes a mistake in carrying out
we never really imagined that all this data would be warehoused under the nsa. and i think that's what's giving the american people a lot of pause right now. and i think that's what needs to be explained to the american people. and congress will be reviewing this issue in section 215 of the patriot act to see if this is expanded beyond the original intent of the law. >> what actually changes, bart? do you think there's much room
made. the nsa says it has 300 employees whose job is to work on preventing the breaches and beef up compliance.
the government's massive surveillance program. this after a new bombshell from the nsa. nbc news capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell has all the details. >> reporter: it's a brief new look inside the secrets of the nsa. the director of national intelligence released several documents to show fisa court oversight of the spy program that sweeps up americans' phone records data. the government has acknowledged using a wider net than previously known. in what's known as hop analysis, the nsa tracks a call made by a terror suspect, but can then track all the records linked to anyone the first suspect calls and then to each of those contacted. senator dick durbin was clearly uneasy. >> when you look at the reach of this program, it envelops a substantial number of americans. >> reporter: frustration between senators and the intelligence community, starting with how nsa leaker edward snowden was ever granted access to the country's most guarded spy programs. senator patrick leahy dismayed that no heads have rolled at the nsa. >> if a 29-year-old school dropout can come in and take out massive
evening, brian. tonight the guardian published more classified information, claiming the nsa can read content of e-mail and online chats without court approval. the intelligence community is firing back saying the program known as x keystone is only use ed against foreign terror suspects and the nsa is doing its own disclosures. today, a brief new look inside the secrets of the nsa. the director of national intelligence released several documents to show fisa court oversight of the spy program that sweeps up americans' phone record data. and the government acknowledged using a wider net than previously known in what is called hop analysis. the nsa tracks a call made by a terror suspect, but can then track all the records linked to anyone the first suspect calls. and on to anyone each of those callers contact, and so on. senator dick durbin was clearly uneasy. >> when you look at the reach of this program, and it envelops a substantial number of americans. >> reporter: frustration today between senators and the intelligence community, starting with how nsa leaker edward snowden was eve
privacy rules thousands of times each year. "the washington post" reports the nsa has broken those rules or overstepped legal authority since 2008. a may 2012 audit obtained by the post counted more than 2,700 sdenlts in the pryor 12 months alone, most of them involved the unauthorized surveillance of americans or former intelligence targets in the united states. they range from significant violations of law to typos resulted in the unintended interception of communication. in a statement the nsa said in part, quote, when the nsa makes a mistake in carrying out its foreign intelligence mission, the agency reports the issue internally and to federal otherseers and aggressively gets to the bottom of it. the post says edward snowden provided them the documents earlier this summer. in a statement, meanwhile, he said the media is being, quote, misled about his situation. snowden says his father and his father's wife's attorney do not represent him in any way. >> turning now to egypt, marches are planned for today. right now, more than 600 protesters are confirmed dead in those clashes with se
with the nsa. some lawmakers are hoping the president will cut aid down the line. others hoping we can hold off. the president, of course, took a break from his vacation to condemn the violence and canceled a planned joint military exercise but did stop short of suspending any aid. another big topic, that nsa surveillance program, many critical of its legitimacy after an audit showed they broke privacy rules thousands of times per year. we know some hearings on the nsa plan for additional checks and balances expected to be initiated by vermont senator patrick leahy some time later this fall. richard? >> thank you so much. >>> the first settlement is reached in the penn state jerry sandusky child molestation scandal. the school signed an agreement with a 25-year-old suburban philadelphia man known as victim five. the attorneys expect to finalize settlements in 25 of the 31 cases in the coming weeks. penn state authorized some $60 million for the settlements. a jury convicted san dus key last year of 45 counts of sex abuse. he is serving a 30 to 60-year sentence behind bars. he is appealing that.
. it was the chairman of the judiciary committee, your colleague, senator leahy, who said wait a minute, i know the nsa tells us 54 plots in one way or another have been this wartded because of the program senator chambliss is refeing to, he says that's a bit of an joef statement, and he said it in open testimony this week. listen. >> open testimony is section 215 to thwart or prevent 54 terrorist plots. not by any stretch can you get 54 terrorist plots. this program is not effective. it has to end. so far i'm not convinced by what i've seen. >> do you agree with that? >> we had a meeting in the white house, saxby and i attended it with the president. there were about ten of us, democrats and republicans, from the house and the senate, and we spent an hour and a half in the president in the oval office, an hour and a half going over this nsa, debating it back and forth. the nsa 215 program that we're talking about here is a program on domestic surveillance. in other words, do we need to collect all of the phone records of all of the people living in america for five years so that if we're going to targ
future. brian mooar has the story. >> reporter: the father of edward snowden says the nsa leaker isn't headed back to the united states because he won't get a fair trial. >> as a father i want my son dome home if i believed the justice system that we should be afforded as americans will be applied correctly. >> reporter: until then he said he'll visit his son in russia. snowden's temporary asylum there has chilled russia-u.s. relations and the political fur error here at home shows no signs of cooling off. before leaving for his vacation on martha's vineyard, president obama said he had already been moving the nsa towards more transparentscy and accountability. >> i don't think mr. snowden was a patriot. >> he betrayed his oath of office. a young generation believe he's a jason bourne. >> reporter: nsa wants a stronger defense from the president. >> he failed to explain these programs which saved lives, stopped terrorist plots. >> reporter: washington wants edward snowden brought back home to face justice. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> still to come an unusual ruling. why a
happens in the remaining months of the year. >>> does the nsa really know how much of our information has been compromised? >>> and a skin cancer warning for men. >>> and an incredible rescue by a firefighter. all coming up in two minutes. >>> stories making news this morning. more than two months after edward snowden leaked top secret documents to the media, the national security agency still does not know the full extent of what he took. the agency is, quote, overwhelmed by the amount of damage snowden has done. >>> a truck crashing through a guardrail and down a ravine it goes in central michigan. you can see the truck and its trailer launch off the road before disappearing below. the driver is expected to recover from the injuries that he has. >>> a new york taxi jumping the curb and hitting a 23-year-old woman, severing one of her legs below the knee. that happened yesterday. tv's dr. oz happened to be at the scene. he said a good samaritan saved the woman's life with a tourniquet. >> there was a dog leash and a belt, amazingly two mundane things, but they saved her life. with the tw
not meet the family until the 15th month after the pregnancy. >>> the nsa is revealing that information to illustrate how when it is seeking specific materialt data from average civilians can be collected inadvertently. the court has revealed the tactics after the nsa admitted to collecting some 150,000 e-mails with no ties to terrorism. the court ordered the nsa to limit the information it collects and how long that information is kept. >>> a family based risk. >>> in health matters the biggest study of its kind when it comes to autism. >> specifically how it effects families. let's bring in scott budman. this is something a lot of people here in the bay area pay very close attention to. >> you are absolutely right. studies found a rise in cases of autism in centers of technology like the bay area. this shows the likelihood of a sibling of an autistic child also having autism. instructors work with students providing programs with individuals with autism helping the kids and their family. they are also reacting to a recent study from denmark that children who have an older sibling with
of this program the nsa has access to everything you've done on the internet. the nsa says it's the widest sweeping region for gathering intelligence on the internet. it has led to the capture of hundreds of terrorists. the director of the nsa was the keynote speaker at a hacker convention in las vegas. during his comments he was heckled. >> why should we believe you're not lying to us now? >> i haven't lied to congress. >> he said the nsa surveillance programs are crucial and they are only used to track down terrorists, not spy on americans. >>> a bill to cut the costs of student loan fors >>> a bill to cut the costs of student loan for for millions i headed to the president's desk. the bill links the interest rates to the financial markets. right now most students are paying an interest rate of 7% on their loans. if signed into law, the bill will drop the current rates to about 3.8%. however rates could increase if the economy improves, but are capped at 8.25%. >>> president obama's health care overhaul has turned into a big win for a silicon valley company. the government just gave e-he
admitted his hand was forced when he announced a series of reforms for the controversial nsa surveillance programs. trying to mitigate the damage done to him politically by nsa leaker edward snowden, the president announced new steps to try to restore public confidence in the controversial nsa surveillance program. the president refused, though, to give any credit today to snowden. >> is your mindset changed about him? is he now more whistle-blower than he is a hacker? is he a patriot? >> no, i don't think mr. snowden was a patriot. as i said in my opening remarks, i called for a thorough review of our surveillance operations before mr. snowden made these leaks. i actually think we would have gotten to the same place. and we would have done so without putting at risk our national security. >> reporter: among the reforms, work with congress to change how the nsa collects massive amounts of phone records, mandate more transparency by the secret court that regularly approves the surveillance. and create a task force of private citizens, including civil libertarians to review the programs. >>
. >>> edward snowden's father is sounding off and criticizing washington for its handling of the nsa leak case. he said he's obtained the papers necessary to visit snowden in russia and says that's where the former analyst will remain for the foreseeable future. bryan mooar has the story. >> reporter: the father of edward snowden says the nsa leaker isn't headed back to the united states because he won't get a fair trial. >> as a father, i want my son to come home, if i believe that the justice so many that we should be afforded of as americans is going to be applied correctly. >> reporter: until then lon snowden says he'll visit his son in russia, snowden's temporary asylum there has chilled u.s./russian relations and the political furor here at homes shows no signs of cooling off. before leaving for his vacation on martha ans's vineyard, president obama said he'd already been moving the nsa toward more transparency and accountability. >> i don't think mr. snowden was a patriot. >> he betrayed his oath of office. there's a young generation that believe he's some kind of jason bourne and there
.s. surveillance programs and faces tough questions about the nsa leaker. >> i don't think mr. snowden was a patriot. >> the debate over the future of u.s. spying programs. mike mccaul, the head of the house homeland security committee. analysis from ted koppel of nbc news and "the washington post's" barton gellman. then presidential orders. strong words from the commander in chief this week about stamping out sexual assault in the military. the pentagon is preparing new rules, but there is an agreement on how to end the crisis. i go one-on-one with one of the lawmakers pushing for change, missouri senator claire mccaskill. >>> the immigration debate. a critical time for reform as members of congress head back to their districts to prepare for the fall fight. what are the prospects for passage? talk to both sides including the congressmen leading the fight against reform. >>> end of an era. the venerable "the washington post" is sold to amazon's jeff bez bezos. was what does it say about the future of traditional media? inside analyst from "the washington post's" david ignatius and dav
surveillance program so many people are talking about, including a change in how the nsa collects phone records, more transparency by the secret foreign intelligence court, that's the fisa court, and the creation of a task force of private citizens. joining me this morning barton gellman of "the washington post" who has been writing extensively about edward snowden and the nsa, special correspondent for nbc news ted koppel, and the chairman of the house homeland security committee, republican congressman mike mccaul. barton gellman, let me start with you. has edward snowden won? has he accomplished what he set out to do, which is not only get a debate going but force change in these programs? >> he has accomplished far more than anyone in his position could have reasonably hoped to have accomplished. he told me his greatest fear was that he would come out and do this and whole story would be -- you know, roiling around for a day and it would be gone. now you have president obama being forced to say that he welcomes the debate, which he welcomes sort of like the ceo who gets an ang
summit with russia's president. snowden who admits leaking details about nsa programs is wanted in the united states to face espionage charges. no word on where he is tonight. his attorney says his location will be kept secret for security reasons. the temporary asylum can be extended indefinitely. >>> perfect controversy. sales of "rolling stone's" magazine with the alleged boston bomber doubled over last year. the magazine featuring dzhokhar tsarnaev was boy cocotted by stores, but the magazine has doubled its sales from a year previous. the boston bomber killed two people on the initial day and another officer later. more than 260 were also injured, including a 12-year-old boy. >>> the clock stuck 12:01 this morning and gay marriage became legal in two more states, minnesota and rhode island. they're the 12th and 13th u.s. states to recognize same-sex marriages. in minnesota, you see it here, couples began exchanging vows at midnight with the mayor of minneapolis officiating. the national gay rights group freedom to marry estimates that about 30% of the u.s. population now li
granted edward snowden temporary asylum. the self plof fessed nsa leaker finally got the proper documents to leave. he's in an undisclosed location this morning. it might help the former contractor to avoid charges here but a diplomatic crisis is still stewing. jim, the g-20 summit is coming up next month. what are the implications to consider? >> reporter: there's no question that snowden's release has strained already difficult relations between the united states and russia and that the united states clearly see the snowden asylum as a slap in the face. the question is just how is the obama administration willing -- how far is it willing to go to hit back and embarrass president vladimir putin? now boycotting a major event like the g-20, which takes place in early september still seems unlikely to observers. however, obama and putin plan to have talks in moscow just before the g-20 meeting and the white house is already hinting it may cancel that meeting in protest. meanwhile, the american fugitive spent his first night in freedom as an official refugee in russia after almost six weeks
, when attacks have come in the past. whether a new alarm has come from an intercept with the nsa or a spy, analysts say it stood out. >> to close multiple embassies shows the severity of the threat. >> reporter: and the alert is a kind of warning to the terrorists. >> that we are watching and aware, that those who may be talking about doing something harmful are aware that the u.s. is -- knowing what it is they're talking about. >> reporter: ten months after bengahzi, a warning that u.s. diplomats might again be targeted. and that ordinary travelers might be in more danger. the state department says the di danger might not diminish after sunday. that some of those embassies closed that day amay stay close. i'm steve handlesman, nbc bay area news. >> thank you. >>> another step forward for the gay community. the united states will start treating visa applications of gay and lesbian spouses the same way it does as heterosexual. secretary of statement john kerry made the announcement today. essentially getting a visa for homosexual spouses will become easier. the move comes after th
flights. fresh debate about the nsa's surveillance program which intelligence officials say tipped them off about this latest threat. >> it is scary. al qaeda is on the rise and this part of the world and the nsa program is proving it's worth yet again. >> you have to be very careful about how much you represent that any particular program has contributed to our security. >> reporter: kristen welker, nbc news, washington. >>> embattled yankees slugger alex rodriguez may be banned from baseball on the very day he returns to the majors. at my noon, the mlb is expected to ban a-rod through the 2014 season for his alleged connections to a florida clinic that administered performance-enhancing drugs. despite that, manager joe girardi confirmed a-rod will play his first game tonight. jay gray is live outside the yankees stadium in the bronx. what's the sequence of events we might expect to see today? >> reporter: good morning. outside yankee stadium. relatively quiet as major league baseball gets ready to break its silence. here's the front page of "the post." just go it says. fans ban a-rod,
's been too soft on russia and accused nsa leaker edward snowden. >> mr. snowden's being granted asylum in russia is a signal of incredibly bad relations between the united states and russia. and mr. putin putting his thumb right in america's eye. >> reporter: senator john mccain argued that the president underestimated his russian counterpart. >> and i know they like to focus on body language, and he's got that kind of slouch looking like the bored kid in the back of the classroom. >> the president comparing him to the kid in the back of the classroom, i think is very indicative of his lack of appreciation of who vladimir putin is. >> reporter: and renewed debate today about the president's defense of the nsa surveillance programs. >> finally came out last friday trying to come up with ways to salvage the program by window dressing. >> i applaud the president for bringing us there and talking about how do we educate the public that we need this program. >> reporter: all this as snowden's father says he now has the papers to visit his son in russia whom he continues to defend. >> what i
the president's plan to increase oversight of the nsa surveillance programs exposed by leaker edward snowden. >> he's failed to explain these programs which are lawful, which have saved lives. >> we need to do better in educating our public so they are not fearful that we, the government, are violating their privacy. >> reporter: the former director of the nsa warned added oversight could hurt a key part of the program, moving quick three protect national security. >> so you need to be careful about how many processes you put in there. >> reporter: the leaks seem to have pushed u.s./russia relations to a post-cold war low. ever since snowden obtained asyl num the country. president obama has canceled a meeting with vladimir putin originally scheduled for next month. some lawmakers want a stronger gesture. >> mr. putin does not have united states/russia relationships in any priority, and treat him in a realistic fashion. that's the way to treat mr. putin. not just canceling a meeting. >> reporter: snowden's father continues to defend his son who he is preparing to visit in russia after recent
attack. >>> new revelations about the nsa surveillance programs and your e-mails. >>> right after the break, siblings and the autism study that has the bay area talking. >>> there's a new study about autism that may answer questions or raise concerns. >> especially if you live in the bay area. >> reporter: here's the stat for you. for the country, one in 88 kids is diagnosed as autistic. in some parts of the bay area that number rises to as many as 1 in 55 kids. there may be a way to predict if your next child is diagnosed as autistic. >> the pacific center for education works closely with kids who have autism and helps parents many of whom ask if i have one autistic child is it more likely that i will have enough? the answer may be yes. that doesn't mean it's time to panic. he says it means it may be time to prepare. >> if you can get attention to the child early on with early intervention therapeutic services there is a good chance you can avert a more serious case of autism by helping the development start. >> reporter: he says working early with kids as early as 10 months old
. >>> walking free, despite warnings from the u.s. not to do it. russia has given a home to nsa leaker eard snowden and the showdown with the u.s. just got worse. >> new parts. the choice millions of us are making to get out of chronic knee pain and get new ones installed. tonight, dr. nancy snyderman on one of the most popular surgeries for americans. some who put it off for far too long. >>> and making history. a woman who has already broken barriers now on the verge of going where no woman has ever gone before. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. as it unfolded in court today, in cleveland, ohio, a live television audience was allowed to see a man who has been described as a monster, who for over a decade held young prisoners in his home. and during his long and rambling remarks in court, he said he was sick and he appropriated the language of the addiction treatment culture to paint himself as a victim. as he tried to contend the girls he kept chained up in his home were somehow content. it was tough to watch at times especially when one of his brave victims spoke. now he will
. supporters of the nsa suggested the embattled agency is the source of the intelligence. >> the goods news is we have picked up intelligence what we do what nsa does. >> the nsa program is proving its worth yet again. >> reporter: the threat is said to have originated in yemen, where the u.s. embassy now looks more like a fortress. in the face of terror, americans on high alert. though the alerts are focused overseas, washington and new york are stepping up security as a precaution. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> coming up next, a shift in power in iran, could be a big change in the country's nuclear ambitions. >>> bay area gas stations won bragging rights this weekend, a lucky powerball player who bought a tick threat won quite a bit more than that we will show you. >>> and we are watching low clouds spilling back across san francisco, which will bring us some drizzle as we head into tomorrow morning and it could also bring temperatures that are even cooler than the ones we are seeing outside right now. pretty mild this time of year. look at your 7-day forecast when we come right
of people are about to lose their jobs at the nsa because of the leak by edward snowden. >>> it's opening night for a controversial bikini club in the south bay. so... [ gasps ] these are sandra's "homemade" yummy, scrumptious bars. hmm? maybe. rich chocolate chips... i just wanted you to eat more fiber. and then the awards started coming in, and i became addicted to the fame. topped with chocolaty drizzle... and fraudulence. i'm in deep, babe. you certainly are. [ male announcer ] fiber one. fiber beyond recognition. try new fiber one peanut butter protein bars. >>> major changes at the national security agency. after former contractor, edward snowden leaked those classified documents and information. the nsa intends to eliminate about 90% of its 1,000 system administrators. this in order to reduce the number of people with access to secret information. the nsa didn't they when they will make the cuts. they say it was planned before snowden leaked the information. >>> more precaution. late today, the state department ordered nonessential staff to leave the consulate in pakistan. the u.s.
snowden and published by the "washington post" claim the nsa has broken privacy rules and overstepped its legal authority thousands of times since 2008. the "washington post" also says an internal audit shows nearly 3,000 incidents in just one year. >> we definitely need more oversight. we need more public reporting. we need more transparency. it's no longer a tenable position for the nsa to say trust us. >> i totally reject those kind of claims. >> the head of the senate judiciary committee patrick leahy says since the nsa is not giving straight answers he'll open a senate hearing after the summer break. >>> now to the latest developments in egypt. it's been a day of rage. dozens of people were killed in confrontations with security forces. and demonstrators gathered by the thousands. the protests came just two days after egypt's military ruler ordered his forces to clear protest camps. at least 638 people were killed and 1,000 more were wounded. nbc's ayman moden reports. >> reporter: for the third straight night the government has imposed a curfew on the capital, cairo, and cities all
new steps to protect the public, "the washington post" reports that nsa leaker edward snowden provided proof of the nsa's record of breaking privacy rules thousands of times. the agency says these were mistakes, not willful violations of the rules, and the white house tonight says the documents show the nsa is catching and reporting its own mistakes. >>> still ahead on "nbc nightly news," an nbc news exclusive. we return to the mountains of idaho with the riders who gave authorities their big break about the kidnapping of hannah anderson. >>> and later, news of a secret revealed after decades of speculation about what really went on inside area 51. >>> we're back tonight with the first public appearance of hannah anderson since the california teenager was rescued in the mountains of idaho last weekend. and an exclusive first look at where she was found. hannah attended a fund-raiser for her family last night in san diego. friends saying she is grateful for the support. we know that the big break in the case came from a group of horseback riders who came across anderson and her abductor
in the month of august. supporters of the nsa suggest that the agency is the source of the intelligence. >> the good news is that we picked up intelligence. that's what nsa does. >> the nsa program is proving its worth again. >> reporter: the threat is said to have originated in yemen where the u.s. embassy now looks like a fortress. in the face of terror, americans on high alert. bryan mooar. >>> the san jose police department deployed a gang suppression unit tonight for the first time. it's part of the effort to reduce the number of violent crime and increase police presence in san jose. the gang suppression unit will be deployed seven days a week. the plan will be evaluated at the end of the summer to see if the program is working and whether it should continue. >>> we have an update to a story involving santa clara county's ambulance company. it plans to file for chapter 11 bankruptcy as a move to cut debt and expenses in half while continuing to operate as normal. it is a national company that provides private ambulance services to 700 communities in 21 states and santa clara count
obama, what he's promising in the wake of the nsa leak. >>> it's not a sky is falling report but a new epa cal study says the effects of climate changing becoming more apparent here in california. what's causing oceans to rise and fires to blaze more viciously than ever before? a reality check is next. >>> also on the run but maybe not for long. a major development in the search for a san diego teenager and a man who allegedly kidnapped her. >>> that blue nissan versa that was a part of this week's four-state amber alert was found this morning in a remote location in idaho. the car belongs to murder suspect james dimaggio. wednesday witnesses on horseback reported seeing a man and a teen girl matching the description of dimaggio and 16-year-old hannah anderson. authorities in san diego county where the girl is there are now assisting local and federal authorities with this search. >> the search will consist of aerial resources, people on horseback, experienced obviously deputy sheriffs and other law enforcement personnel from that area that know the terrain and all the resources of the
. >> reporter: the father of edward snowden says that the nsa leaker is not heading back to the united states. >> as a father i want my son to come home if i believe that the justice system is going to be applied correctly. >> reporter: until then, he will visit his son in russia. his temporary asylum there has chilled the u.s.-russia relation and the furor at home shows no signs of cooling off. president obama said he already had been moving the nsa toward more transparency and accountability. >> i don't think that he was a patriot. >> there is a young generation who believe he is some kind of jason borne. >> nsa supporters want a stronger defense from the president. >> he failed to explain the programs which are lawful and saved lives. >> reporter: washington wants edward snowden brought back home to face justice. >>> two of the biggest names in washington, d.c. will be in the bay area tomorrow. hillary clinton will be in san francisco speaking at the american bar association's annual meeting. eric holdler be speaking tomorrow. the meeting focuses on human trafficking, cybersecurity and gen
: and this morning fresh debate about the nsa's surveillance program, which intelligence officials say tipped them off about this latest threat. >> it is scary. al qaeda is on the rise in this part of the world, and the nsa program has proven its worth yet again. >> you have to be very careful about how much you represent that any particular program has contributed to our security. >> reporter: and tonight nbc is reporting that officials in pakistan has tightened security in islamabad due to a potential terror threat interethere, but s hour there's no link between the two. >> the embassy in cairo is among those affected by this order. tonight our chief foreign correspondent richard engel has more on precautions there and insight into are where this threat is coming from. >> reporter: good evening, lester. these are the side streets around the u.s. embassy here in downtown cairo. the embassy today is closed like so many embassies and consulates in the region, and as you can see the embassy tonight is right behind this very big, very imposing concrete barricade. this wall went up about a year ago af
remain closed. >>> in a surprise move today, president obama announced a review of the secret nsa surveillance programs revealed by leaker edward snowden. while the president defended the programs in general, he promised new restrictions and more transparency. there are four main steps. among them, new talks with congress to revive the patriot act and appointing a group of outside experts to review the whole intelligence-gathering system. >> steps are designed to ensure that the american people can trust that our effort are in line with our interests and our values. and others around the world, i want to make clear one again, that america is not interested in spying on ordinary people. >> reporter: the president admitted that edward snowden's actions sparked the review but said snowden is no patriot and should turn himself in to face prosecution for espionage. we also learned today president obama met behind closed doors with some of the biggest names in the tech world. that meeting happened yesterday. apple ceo tim cook, at&t ceo randall stevenson, and a google executive were a f
. so nsa, start your tivos when "press here" continues. >>> welcome back to "press here." the first rule of national security letters is, you can't talk about national security letters, if you received one. my next guest, matthew prince, talking about them now, before he and his company cloud fair are contacted by the national security agency, or the fbi, or any other organization. cloud flare knows a lot about what's going on on the internet. now, in the process, the company touches a staggering amount of data. matthew prince has become the booming voice of reason in the debate over domestic spying. thank you for being with us this morning. >> thank you for having me. >> you, along with 40 other tech companies, sent a letter to the obama administration asking for greater transparency. it wasn't the declaration of independence, but it was a strongly worded letter that said, we, the undersigned, believe the following. so using the declaration of independence analogy, why did you sign your name on the bottom? >> the challenge that technology companies has is that we are all in the tru
the president didn't count on including the leaking of this nsa program, the series of programs he's got to defend and try to reform. you mentioned gun control, other issues. i also think he has some of these interact problems especially with issues like immigration. this is the legacy item, this is a big campaign item and it does not appear to be heading in the direction that the president would want, let alone the fact you refer to the budget and continuing to fund the government, that comes up in september. we could see repeat then of fights we've seen over the last couple of years. >> in his news conference president obama practically dared republicans to shut down the government. is the president gearing up for a showdown with congress when it returns in september? >> i think he is. i think there's a different strategy too. i think you're seeing it from the president who's out there traveling around saying that they want to -- republicans want to cut programs that are necessary for people, that the sequester is an undue burden, part of an irrational scheme of cutting spending in was
about the nsa leaker. >> i don't think mr. snowden was a patriot. >> the debate over the future of u.s. spying programs. mike mccaul, the head of the house homeland security committee. analysis from ted koppel of nbc news and "the washington post's" barton gellman. then presidential orders. strong words from the commander in chief this week about stamping out sexual assault in the military. the pentagon is preparing new rules, but there is an agreement on how to end the crisis. i go one-on-one with one of the lawmakers pushing for change, missouri senator claire mccaskill. >>> the immigration debate. a critical time for reform as members of congress head back to their districts to prepare for the fall fight. what are the prospects for passage? talk to both sides including the congressmen leading the fight against reform. >>> end of an era. the venerable "the washington post" is sold to amazon's jeff bez bezos. was what does it say about the future of traditional media? inside analyst from "the washington post's" david ignatius and david gross of "the new york times". all of that ahea
look at the court order that authorized the nsa to collect all detailed records. another report indicates the agency can collect e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, times and dates but not the content of the calls. >> we will be looking forward to working with with with your committee and this committee to see if there are changes to be made. >> reporter: just last week the house narrowly defeated an effort to remove the program. also today edward snowden leased new materials about a u.s. surveillance program allowing agencies to monitor web browsing. president obama plans to meet in response with on going concerns over u.s. surveillance. reporting live in washington. >> he can organize a blood drive but he cannot participate. campbell's openly gay mayor says it is disappointing but he is determined to make a difference. lowe was turned away when he tried to donate blood. he suspected it because of a policy that prohibits gay individuals to give blood. >> this particular policy focuses on gay men only in which you can be in a relationship you cannot donate blood. >> he says the
'mdifference? the president may be defining spying in a way different than his critics does. is what the nsa and just revealed the dea does spying? perhaps yes, perhaps no. >>> technology news, facebook says it is changing the way ba(ñ updates are presented to you in the timeline, very straightforward how one thing's picked over another. advertisers really want to know how this works. facebook says it's going to start explaining the process better. what we do know this morning that people or things that you like will be seen more often if you click like and if you look through a friend's photo album, that friend's update's going to show up more often. facebook says the average facebooker has 190 friends who make 1500 updates total a day. a lot of good content that you're not seeing. by the way, that's seven updates per person, in case, guys, you were trying to do the math. >> i was trying to do the math. glad. all right. didn't happen. a hundred friends? i have like four. >> ñ1089. you ha you have more than that. meteorologist christina loren, what is going on? >> heard from lawrence's microphone out there
's a duplicatic snub amid tensions over self-professed nsa leaker edward snowden. president obama still plans to attend the main g-20 summit. >>> and drama in the whitey bulger deliberations. jurors asked the judge a series of questions as they mulled the reputed mob boss' fate. prosecutors and bulger's attorneys, meanwhile, met privately with the judge. neither side would comment on what they were hashing out. >>> you have to see this next story. a bear in alaska found a much quicker way to find fish than swimming upstream. he saw a jet ski on the dock and, yeah, decided to climb aboard. who wouldn't. the local guide service snapped these photos. they believe the baby bear climbed aboard -- >> he's trying to start it. >> that would have been great video. he was trying to get closer to his mother who was sitting in the water. though he didn't take off in the jet ski it did make for quite a sight. can you imagine stumbling upon that? >> no. if he started putting the life jacket on, then i would have started being suspicious. >> driving off on the jet ski. >>> time for a look ahead. a spokesman
with congress to reform the nsa program that collects telephone data mandating more transparency by the court. creating a team of private citizens including activists to review the program. chuck todd asked president obama if snowden is a leaker or a patriot. here is what he had to say. take a listen. >> i don't think he was a patriot. as i said in my opening remarks, i called for a thorough review of our surveillance operations before mr. snowden made the leaks. >> reporter: now president obama also, for the first time, addressed his decision not to meet with russia's president, vladimir putin on the sidelines of the g-20 summit. a number of factors went into that decision, including edward snowden. he down played tension between him and his russian counter parts. >> i know the press likes to focus on body language. he's got that slouch, looking like the bored kid in the back of the classroom, but the truth is when we are in conversations together, oftentimes it's very productive. >> reporter: now, reaction to the president's new transparency measures came in swiftly before he finished speak
afternoon, everybody, please have a seat. >> he's trying to calm the controversy over nsa surveillance. he's still battling members of congress over obama care. >> the one unifying principle in the republican party at the moment is making sure that 30 million people don't have health care. >> reporter: in martha's vineyard, president obama looking for a break from the heat. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> more guns are off bay area streets tonight thanks to a gun buyback program in oakland today. the organization youth uprising partnered with the oakland police department and an anonymous donor to host the event. residents were able to turn in guns with no questions asked. they received $200 cash for an assault weapon. they say while the gun buyback program will stop the violence, it can help. >> it seems good we're getting guns off the streets. we know every gun out there is a potential threat. >> the group said they plan another gurn buyback program by the end of the year. >>> a man was giving a girl a horse drawn carriage ride around noon today when the horse got spooked and took
after this new nsa leak. >>> the flames continue. the smoke is spreading, and bay area water is in jeopardy. this is one of the biggest fires in california history. the rim fire is destroying an area harmer than san jose and so combined. jodi hernandez joins us now. and this is far from over. what's the plan going into tonight now? >> reporter: well, they've got a lot of folks out here working on the fire line, as you mentioned. the destruction is really overwhelming. thousands and thousands of acres of wild land are now charred and blackened, as you can see. now among the losses, a popular camp run by the city of berkley. but tonight, firefighters point out that they have been aeb to save thousands of homes. and things seem to be moving in the right direction tonight. in fact, i am told that today was a relatively good day. as the sun came up against the smoke-filled sky, firefighters from across the state geared up for another tough day on the fire line. >> our number one thing out there is firefighter safety, okay, and the safety of the community. >> reporter: a san franci
overnight, the nsa intercepted e-mails and tracked phone numbers of innocent americans thousands of times in violation of its own rules. the latest on the newly revealed documents from edward snowden. >>> and the truth is out there. after years of secrecy the u.s. government finally recognizes the existence of area 51. prompting believers to once again ask the question, are we alone today, friday, august 16th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm savannah guthrie along side natalie morales. al is having fun today. he's at the iowa state fair. we'll check in with him in a few minutes. he's missing a great concert on our plaza. >> we just asked the question, are we alone today? not on the plaza. a lot of cowboy boots in that crowd. luke bryan is here in our 8:30 half hour. looking forward to that. >>> also ahead, 16-year-old hannah anderson made her first public appearance. she did it last night since the abduction or
, of course, online at nbcbayarea.com. >>> on the international scene, russia has granted former nsa contractor edward snowden temporary asylum and his lawyer says after about a month in hiding, snowden has, in fact, finally left that airport. snowden wanted by the united states on charges under the espionage act. nbc's jim maceda has more from moscow. >> reporter: american fugitive, edward snowden, was into his sixth week inside the transit lounge of the airport here in moscow. it seemed to be lining up he would spend more time there until today it was confirmed by snowden's lawyer that snowden was issued temporary asylum in russia. when asked where snowden was going, he said he would not say, citing security reasons. now, a top russian official said that the snowden incident was insignificant, from the kremlin's point of view, and he hope it is would not damage relations already strained with the united states. washington is apparently crafting a response and certainly, this is going to come as discouraging news. but it might mean that all bets are off for a key summit meeting to t
the weekend until the muslim holy month of ramadan is over. interseptember credited to the nsa show al qaeda militants have been discussing what a senior um u.s. official described as a single significant event or a series of simultaneous attacks most likely in the middle east. no specific threat to the united states but officials couldn't rule one out either. president obama gathered his national security team. congressional leaders given classified briefings. >> there ease been an awful lot of chatter out there. chatter means conversation among terrorists about the planning that's going on. very reminiscent of what we saw pre-9/11. >> reporter: senior intilly against officials say it starts in yemen. the same group that put an underwear bomb on a flight to detroit and mailed one in a printer to chicago. they're seeking revenge after its deputy commander was killed last month in a drone strike. >> reporter: al qaeda militants have been experimenting with surgically planting a bomb inside an attacker's body. >>> thanks, rich. >>> that threat has police in san francisco also reacting going in
. it was russia's refusal to extradite nsa leaker edward snowden even after persistent appeals including a personal phone call from president obama to putin that was the last straw. the president showed frustration last night on "the tonight show". >> there have been times when they slip back into cold war thinking and a cold war mentality. what i consistently say to them and what i say to president putin is that's the past. >> reporter: mr. obama will still attend the g-20 economic summit taking place in st. petersburg, russia. he's snubbing putin in moscow. >> the relationship with russia doesn't have to get worse. it has to get better. we may be at a low point now. but i think it's time that we find ways to make it better. >> reporter: to say the two have no personal chemistry is an understatement. from the first time they met outside moscow after mr. obama took office to their june meeting in northern ireland when putin awkwardly rebuffed the president's attempt to lighten the mood. >> the president wants to relax me with his statement. >> reporter: the leaders couldn't be more diffe
by his national security adviser susan rice, but the process of reforming the nsa will have to wait until congress is back in session in september. kate? >> kristen welker. for mer on the fallout, david gregory from "meet the press" is here tonight. we heard americans some of whom have a tough time with the idea of government surveillance. does the president have an uphill battle? are. >> he does to some extent. you look at the opposition against him and some of his own political base with liberals and libertarian conservatives, but there is a vast middle of americans who this far after 9/11 understand the threat. we had a lot of embassies close and worldwide travel alers because of the plot. there is a sense of urgency about protecting the country. the president has that room to maneuver. this far after 9-11 at a period of debate is the time to put those safeguards in. americans don't want to live in a permanent sense of surveillance or in a security state. the president believes that is also the case, but he's got like all presidents a much lower threshold for risk in the face of terror
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in the past. whether the new alarm came from an intercept from nsa or a spy, analysts say it stood out. >> to close multiple embassies reflects the severity of the threat. >> reporter: and the alert is a warning to the terrorists. >> that we are watching them. that we are aware that those who may be talking about doing something harmful are aware that the u.s. is knowing what it is they're talking about. >> reporter: ten months after benghazi, a warning that u.s. diplomats might again be targeted and that ordinary travelers might be in danger. >>> another step forward for the gay community. the united states will immediately start treating visa applications of gay and lesbian spouses the same as it does for heterosexual spouses. john kerry made the statement after he arrived in london. getting a visa for homosexual spouses will be much easier. it comes after the obama administration asked them to review the policies. >>> becoming conscious of your clothing. we show you how a local non-profit is bringing awareness to a serious issue. >>> and does climate change impact crime? we'll have
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